Doc Watson

Doc Watson Tribute Concert in Todd Featuring Kruger Brothers and More on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m.

Published Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm
Sept. 26, 2012. The Todd Community Preservation Organization will host a Doc Watson Tribute Concert featuring the Kruger Brothers, Charles Welch and Wayne Henderson on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Walter and Anne Cook Park. Read more...
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The Two-Day MusicFest ‘n Sugar Grove Begins Friday, July 13, at Old Cove Creek School: Lineup/Schedule

Published Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm
July 12, 2012. As Independence Day festivities wind down, our local festival season kicks off with MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove on Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, with such world-renown acts like the Kruger Brothers and The Chocolate Drops as well other more-local stellar acts. Read more...
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Weekend Roundup: 25 Things To Do This Weekend in the High Country; Check ‘em Out & Make Plans: June 15 to 17

Published Friday, June 15, 2012 at 10:22 am
June 15, 2012. The High Country has so many wonderful events to offer its community and visitors. Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Check out the Doc Watson celebration concert, stroll down Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock or see what Grandfather Mountain has going on. There’s always something fun to do in the High Country. Read more...
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Approximately 400 Attend Doc Watson Funeral on Sunday; Brothers David and Linney Watson Visit Statue on June 4

Published Monday, June 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm Watson's brothers; David, 87 (left), and Linney, 93, came out to see the statue full of flowers on Monday, June 4, after the funeral was held on June 3.
June 4, 2012. On Sunday, June 3, around 400 people turned out at the Laurel Springs Baptist Church in Deep Gap for the legendary High Country musician Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson’s funeral, according to Greg Hampton of Hampton Funeral Services of Boone. Read more...
Photo by Maria Richardson
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Funeral Services for Doc Watson Set for Sunday, June 3, at 3 p.m. at the Laurel Springs Baptist Church in Deep Gap

Published Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm
May 31, 2012. According to reports coming in, details have been released regarding Doc Watson's funeral. The funeral will be held on Sunday, June 3, at 3 p.m. at the Laurel Springs Baptist Church in Deep Gap on Highway 421. Read more...
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Photos: High Country Places Honor Doc Watson

Published Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:41 pm
May 31, 2012. Many places in the High Country are doing things in honor of Doc Watson following his passing on May 29. Flags are being flown at half-mast and there is also a memorial at Boone Mall where people can come sign their name and write thoughts about Doc Watson. See photo gallery...
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Doc Watson: March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012

Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 10:05 am
Arthel Lane "Doc" Watson
March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012

Rest in peace, Doc.

He will be greatly missed by so many in his home of the High Country. Watson was "just one of the people." The beautiful flowers are just part of the testament people have shown towards him in his honor. Arthur Grimes, born and raised in Boone, grew up with someone he calls "his hero." Grimes tells stories about being on stage with him a couple of times and said that, "his presence made my life." Grimes says that he will buy a $100 brick at his feet just so he can remember, "the way his feet always tapped to the beat."
Photo by Maria Richardson
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Just One of the People: A Doc Watson Retrospective Through the Words of His Musical Friends; Rest in Peace

Published Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 10:14 pm
May 29, 2012. Doc Watson passed away tonight, Tuesday, May 29. Our condolences go out to his friends and family. The High Country was lucky to call him one of its own. Though he might have been the most famous High Country native, you would have never known because he carried himself with such humility. He truly was just one of the people. Doc: Thanks for all the great music and memories. Rest in peace. Read more...
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Photo Feature: Hours After Doc’s Death, Fans Adorn his Statue with Flowers while Listening to Doc’s Flat Pickin’

Published Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 10:00 pm
May 29, 2012. Fans of Doc Watson gathered around the Doc Watson Statue in downtown Boone on Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m., a few hours after he passed away. Some adorned his bronzed self with flowers. See photo...
Photo by Ken Ketchie
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Sad Day for the High Country; Doc Passes Away Tuesday Night; He Will Reunite with His Beloved Son Merle

Published Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 7:34 pm
May 29, 2012. Doc Watson died Tuesday night. This comes after colon surgery performed at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center a week ago. His health complications seemed to surface after MerleFest in early May." Read more...
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According to Bluegrass Today: Doc Watson’s Family’s Called to His Side at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem

Published Monday, May 28, 2012 at 8:23 am
May 28, 2012. From Bluegrass Today: "We have learned that the family of Doc Watson has been called to his side at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC. Doc has been hospitalized there for the past few days, undergoing surgery on Thursday evening to repair an impacted colon." Read more...
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Flowers Left At Doc Watson Statue in Downtown Boone; Condition Improves After Surgery, yet Still Critical

Published Friday, May 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm 25, 2012. High Country residents have left flowers at the Doc Watson statue on the corner of West King Street and North Depot Street in downtown Boone. Watson was hospitalized on Monday after falling. Watson had colon surgery on Thursday. His condition is improving yet still critical, according to his manager Mitch Greenhill. He is currently at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. Get well soon, Doc!
Photo by Paul T. Choate
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End of Series: Reflections on MerleFest; Four-Day Festival Begins on Thursday. See you there!

Published Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm
April 23, 2012. Leading up to MerleFest, check the every day for the 10-part series on the festival, which began in 1988 as a one-time fundraiser for a campus garden and a memorial for Merle Watson. MerleFest still serves as a community fundraiser and memorial, yet it has grown into one of the premiere music festivals in the world. Read more...
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Happy Birthday Doc! Doc Watson, the Famous Flatpicker from Deep Gap, turned 89 Years Old Today

Published Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm
March 3, 2012. Includes Photo Gallery! BOONE -- Born in Deep Gap on March 3, 1923, Doc Watson turned 89 years old today. As evident of the many shows and performances Doc played last summer and fall, he still commands the stage and picks that Gallagher of his like lightening. Read more...
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